Southern Power to develop 131MW solar project in Georgia, US

18 December 2014 (Last Updated December 18th, 2014 18:30)

Southern Power is to develop 131MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the state of Georgia, US.

Southern Power is to develop 131MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the state of Georgia, US.

First Solar has been picked as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

The facility will be built on a 911-acre site in Taylor County in Georgia. It will be equipped with around 1.6 million thin-film solar PV modules, which will be mounted on single-axis tracking tables.

Construction is scheduled to start in September 2015 and the project is likely to begin commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2016.

"Southern Company is committed to developing renewables as a component of the full portfolio of energy resources."

Once operational, the solar facility will generate enough power for more than 21,000 households.

Three electric membership corporations in the state, namely Cobb Electric Membership (Cobb EMC), Flint Electric Membership (doing business as Flint Energies), and Sawnee Electric Membership (Sawnee EMC), will buy power from the project following its completion, along with the associated renewable energy credits (RECs).

Power purchase agreements for 25 years have been signed with each of these firms.

While Cobb EMC will buy 101MW of the generated electricity from the project, Flint Energies and Sawnee EMC have each signed up for around 15MW.

Southern Company chairman, president and CEO Thomas A Fanning said: "Southern Company is committed to developing renewables as a component of the full portfolio of energy resources.

"Our strategic solar expansion helps build our system’s diverse fuel mix and solar generation capacity to prepare for America’s energy future."